The Oxford BRC Small Grants scheme offers up to £25,000 to enable early career researchers to develop their careers and increase the impact of their work. All applicants should have recently completed a PhD or DPhil and priority will be given to candidates preparing to apply for a post-doctoral fellowship.
Applicants should be employed by Oxford University or Oxford University Hospitals Trust in one of the Oxford BRC themes. The duration can be flexible but grants usually last for three to six months. The grant should be used mainly to claim salary costs, full or part time, and the amount should cover a minimum of 25% of salary.
APPLICATIONS WILL OPEN AGAIN LATER IN 2020
Here a previous Small Grant recipient outlines how the grant was used.
Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences
My research focuses on non-invasive brain stimulation techniques which are used for probing neurophysiology and have the potential to complement conventional neurorehabilitation. I am particularly interested in the significance and sources of individual differences in responses to brain stimulation.
Transcranial direct current stimulation is an extensively researched and relatively inexpensive technique, but translation to clinical applications is limited by individual variability in responses. Several studies from our lab and our collaborators have examined the effects of direct current stimulation on concentrations of the inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA. While there is a general trend for stimulation induced decrease in GABA, there are also significant differences between participants. The aim of this project is to run retrospective current modelling in a large number of participants (from multiple datasets) in order to determine whether stimulation induced GABA changes are correlated with current amplitudes in the motor cortex. The BRC grant gave me the opportunity kick start this analysis with dedicated time commitment and computational resources.